Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2022 10:08 pm


Date Joined: June 28, 2019
Last Online: December 7, 2022
Birthday: February 7
Country: United Kingdom
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Current Status

There are a series of Postal Strikes coming up in the UK designed to maximise disruption to the postal service over the next few months. I will always put the swap in the postbox/take it to the post office on the day I click sent but please be aware that postmarked dates may be different as collections won't happen on strike days. Thanks.

Request - If you are able to send an envelope with stamps rather than the printed postage if possible could you try to leave a 1cm gap around at least three sides of each stamp. I collect used stamps to send to a local animal charity. I save the really special ones for swaps and crafting but I donate as many as possible as it's a great cause. thank you

Postcards - Unless the swap specifically asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from, tourist cards or cards from specific areas as blank cards, even as part of a scavenger hunt, as I won't send them on to anyone else if it's not a country I can post from, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.

About Me

Photographer, cat person (who also loves Dogs), coffee addict, music lover, film geek.

I've also finally caved in and bought a die cutter so now I've got something else to spend money on by buying dies, always happy to receive any that you don't want ๐Ÿ˜€

I love Harry Potter and am a proud Gryffindor (Pottermore)

I have issues with Blue ink in pens. Don't ask me why, I have no idea, but I cannot write in Blue ink. It has to be Black, or any other colour, just not Blue.

My favourite colours are Red, purple, Black, Silver and brights like orange, yellow and green. I love black and white images and photography and black and white things are cool as well. I'm not a big fan of pink.

Loves Star Wars and Dr. Who. Hates reality TV except for The (UK) Apprentice, Bake Off and Masterchef.

Loves Books, learning, discovering new things, photography quests (see my blog for a list of my current quests and scavenger hunts (https://bigfishlittlefishcb.wordpress.com). I've just got into crafts to relieve the stress of my day job and am loving learning. Cricut apprentice, Rock painter, trainee crocheter and I'm really getting into papercrafts. and mixed media art. I'll try anything once :)

I've discovered Art Journalling and mixed media so ephemera, stickers, buttons, stencils, magazine or book pages with interesting images or words, stickers (not too childish please). I'm learning and loving Wiccan, particularly Kitchen Witch and am a little bit Goth. I love the supernatural or mythical, especially Dragons and the darker side of life. Anything that I could use in my art journal or collages is always welcome. A-Z of things I like below but I'm always open-minded and ready to discover new things. ๐Ÿ˜€

Vegetarian animal lover who just wants to get to know more of the amazing people on this planet and discover new things as often as possible.

I live just outside of Oxford with my fiancรฉ We recently had to say a heartbroken goodbye to our lovely 18-year old, slightly unhinged but loveable Cat called Smodge and have now rescued a youngster who's got big paw prints to fill but he's settling in. His name is Regulus (Reg for short).

Favorite Music

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and always find it really hard to answer the 'favourite music' question.

I love discovering new music from bands and singers who aren't necessarily well known yet

Of the more mainstream music some of my faves (in no particular order) are...

The Black Keys, Against Me!, Alabama 3, Beth Ditto (And Gossip), Bloc Party, Collective Soul, David Bowie, Frank Turner, Incubus, Jamiroquai, Mad Caddies, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, The Stereophonics, Faithless

There are lots more and I'm always open to listening to anything that I haven't got to know yet.

I'm not a big fan of Hip Hop (although I do like some) or R&B and really don't like manufactured boy/girl bands.

Favorite Books

I love reading and try really hard to find more time to get lost in a great book.

Some of my favourites are...

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee, The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, All of the Harry Potter Books - JK Rowling, Leaving Atlanta - Tayari Jones

Recently read and enjoyed...

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman

His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

The End Of The World Is NIG13 - Tony Moyle

Favorite Movies

In (almost) no particular order....

Star Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Harry Potter (All Of Them), Coyote Ugly, The Boat That Rocked, Lost Boys, Muppet Christmas Carol, The Die Hards (first three really but especially the 1st, and yes I do consider it to be a Christmas Movie :), Jaws, Mad Max (especially the first 3), Bond Movies (but especially Sean)

Favorite Television

Buffy, Angel, Stranger Things, Eastenders, The Good Place, Masterchef, NCIS (Gibbs rocks) Better Call Saul CSI (Las Vegas and New York are my favourites)

Favorite Crafts

I'm still a relative beginner in art and crafting and it's a journey of discovery for me and a great therapy for the stress of the corporate world.

I feel like I want to try everything but at the moment I'm trying not to have too many things on the go and focus a bit more and find my style and my skill set. Currenntly learning and experimenting with...

Crochet, Acrylic Paint Pouring, Painting Rocks, Dot Art Papercrafts and card making Art Journalling Painting & drawing (I'm learning, it's a work in progress) Mixed Media Zentangles

A-Z Of Me

A - Angel (TV Series), Animals, Architecture, Abandoned Buildings, Absurdity, Academia, Activism, Adventures, Alcohol, Aliens, Amphibians, Answers, Apples, Aquarius, Aquarians, Arctic, Armadillo's, Art, Alice In Wonderland, Art Journals

B - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Books, Birds, Biscuits

C - Cats, Coffee (Black), Cricut, Crochet, CSI, Chocolate, Creativity, Courvoisier, Cameras, Cars, Chanel No.5, Crystals, Candles

D - Dogs, Dragons, Design, Dr Who, Drawing

E - Elephants, Eco Warriors, Equality, Eastenders, Ephemera, Embellishments

F - Fantasy (Books, Stories, Images, Characters), Feminism, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Fridays

G - Gromit, Geeks, Gin, Groot, Gryffindor

H - Harry Potter, Happy Things

I - Imagination, Ice Cream, Instant Pot, Incense

J - Jossticks, Jokes, jack-o'-lanterns, Jam, Jaws (The Movie), Jets (The Flying Kind), Jack Daniels

K - Ketchup, Key rings, Kindness, Kisses, Kittens, Kittys, Kiwi's (The Nation, the birds and the fruits)

L - Love, Lions, Llamas,

M - Marmite, Monsters, Mandala, Movies, Music

N - Novels, Notebooks, Nature, Noodles, New Years Day, New Age, Nerds, Notepaper - patterned, especially vintage looking.

O- Owls, Orange, Our Planet, Oceans

P - Puzzles, Punk, Pubs, Pagans, Painting, Parcels, Peace, Photography, paper crafts

Q - Quests, Questions, Quidditch

R - Reading, Romance, Recipes, Rock (Music), Rocks

S - Shakespear, Sharks, Sculpture, Spells, Sinatra and The Rat Pack

T- T-shirts, Trains (Steam), Tarot

U - Unicorns

V - Vampires, Variety, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Volunteering,

W - Wales, Whales, Walking, Whiskey, Writing, Winning, Wiccan, Wax Seals, Wax Melts (nothing too floral please, definitely no Rose (it gives me a headache)

X - Xtra's

Y - Yo-Yo's

Z - Zombies, Zentangles (and anything that might help me to improve mine)

Things I Don't Like

I don't want to list a load of 'do not sends' as I always think the swaps should be the senders choice but FYI - I don't like Black tea, I love fruits, herbal, green and Jasmine but not black of any variety, and I hate Anchovies although I can't imagine a swap where anchovies might be included.

Roses - or rather the smell of Roses, gives me a headache. Please don't send Love Island and reality TV stuff or anything religious things. Pagan and Wiccan are cool with me though.



I've discovered Postcrossing and love it so I'm always happy to receive postcards I love quirky cards, cat-themed, Wiccan, mythical creatures (especially Dragons), Harry Potter, Art, animals, funny or just plain weird and anything in my A-Z but I'm happy to receive any postcards.

If possible, unless the swap asks for it I'd prefer not to have greetings from or tourist cards as part of blank card swaps, obviously happy to receive them if you're sending a written card and it's your home country.


vlhafer54 rated for AN: Animal Randomness (global) on Dec 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful stuff - Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks so much! I love all the gnomes!
Comment: I wish I could give you ten hearts โ™ฅ๏ธ I loved it all! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the rating, the way the UK post is at the moment I'm just happy when things get to the people they are meant for. Stay safe, be happy ๐Ÿ˜บ
elinor rated for 31 Day Advent Swap โ€“ UK only on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the amazing swap, it's a good thing December starts soon so I don't have to resist opening it for long!
Response: Thank you for the rating, I hope you're enjoying the goodies ๐Ÿ˜ธ
blubutterfly rated for Ugly PC Swap #64 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the ugly card! Art is facinatingly ugly sometimes isn't it?! Love it! Hope you had a great month:) Blessings to you for Dec!!
Response: I guess that's what makes it so interesting. Thank you for the rating. stay safe, be happy. ๐Ÿ˜ธ
elinor rated for Advent Gifts 2022 Days 21-24 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the exciting looking gifts, I can't wait to open them :)
Response: thank you, hope you like them. Happy Christmas ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thanks for the magical mail! The pendant you made is great.
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜บ
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜บ
lrm1980 rated for Advent Gifts 2022 Day 1-5 on Nov 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts! They are so pretty and look so festive in my Advent basket. I can't wait to open them!
Response: I'm so glad they made it there in time, post worries me a lot at the moment. I hope you like the gifts. Happy Christmas ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป
Comment: Hello dear Cathy and thank you so much for the lovely collection of pc's you sent to fulfill this swap. Cryptids! Yes! And this one is so very cute ;+) Love all the cards and they're in perfect condition.
Response: So glad you like them. I've wanted a Cryptid fan to send to for ages ๐Ÿ˜ธ Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the World Postcard Day pc.
Response: Glad you liked it thanks for the rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Ellmaris rated for Advent Gifts 2022 Days 6-10 on Nov 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the presents - can't wait to open them in December :D
Response: I hope you like them, catch you soon ๐Ÿ˜บ thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome coffin shaped notebook!
Response: Thank you, I'm glad it got there, such a shame my first option couldn't be supplied. Maybe I'll save that one for later. Catch you soon. ๐Ÿ˜ธ
hellojett rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #320 on Nov 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note card! I hope the computer system is back to normal at work. And how excitng to find the venue, one thing less to worry about for your big day. :)
Response: Thank you, I'm not I even know what 'normal' is at work anymore but it will get better. Catch you soon. ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you for the photos!
Response: Thank you for the rating, and the advice ๐Ÿ˜บ
armadillogal rated for SPCP: Scavenger hunt #3 on Nov 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great photos! No worries about sending hard copies. It's OK.
Ellmaris rated for Ugly PC Swap #63 on Nov 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pc - I also can't knit but I do like crocheting. Have a lovely day :)
Response: I have tried so many times but I just can't knit. thank for the rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
LoveCyn rated for 3 Teabag Swap on Nov 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the delicious selection of teas! The stamps you used were so special. Thank you so much! โค๏ธ
Response: Glad you like them, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜บ
LondonWriting rated for UKPP: W... on Nov 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful illustration and also for sending two. The second one made it through today! ๐Ÿ“จ
Response: I'm hoping someone,, somewhere is loving the first. ๐Ÿ˜บ. thank you for the rating ๐Ÿ˜บ
Comment: Thank you! Interesting list!
Response: I blame my Mother ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ

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lunatenchi on Oct 6, 2022:

I just sent my letter to you :D I hope it reaches you well โ™กโ™กโ™ก

Gnoe on Jul 14, 2022:

So sweet of you to resend for the green postcard swap #2! I love the little lime green hummingbird ๐Ÿ’š


bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

Meisje on Dec 10, 2021:

Merry Christmas โ™ฅ


myancey on Oct 3, 2021:

Thanks for the august wta for ph group. Happy swapping

debbiespoms on Feb 22, 2021:

Hi Cathy ! I received the 3 plus 2 extra PC's today, for PH: January WTA. I really love them! Esp. the 2 Cat PC's & Faerie PC! Thank you very much!

Meisje on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Valentines day



bringitb on Feb 7, 2021:

Hi! Just made two new swaps in the Washi Tape Lovers group. Iโ€™d love to have you join in the fun! =)

weatherwax on Feb 7, 2021:

Happy Birthday :)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


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